This sprawling country, the world’s fourth most populous, is no stranger to internet censorship. However, the consequences of Indonesia’s recent censorship tactics are not only felt by the individual users but also by the community around them. First, there is the censorship of homosexuality and LGBTI activities. Here in early January, Google blocked 80 LGBTI dating apps from being downloaded in the country. The dating apps were blocked supposedly because they were used to sell underaged boys for sex. However, many have seen this move from the Ministry of Communication and Informatics (Menkominfo) as discrimination against the LGBT community, pointing out that many users utilize the app for its actual purpose and not just human trafficking.
March 26 / Asia Media